Thursday dawned to calm conditions for day one of the Thursday Women’s Finals.
I spent much of the morning at Brighton in the build-up in Division One and was fortunate to catch up with a wide range players and supporters. Brighton went in as Minor Premiers on percentage courtesy of a rink win for Carli Mitchell and her four in the final minor round game of the season. Prior to the game she made the following comments “In many ways we were fortunate to go into the day with a home Final against a very good side. We knew that we needed at least two rinks up against the Gulls if we were to go directly through to Grand Final. Thankfully that happened”.
In the Premier League Hawthorn continued its excellent form with a 12point home win against Happy Valley and will have a week off going directly through to the Grand Final.
So, let’s see what happened on a beautiful day in Adelaide.
Hawthorn v Happy Valley:
Hawthorn started the day with a home final and the double chance and played well all day in a 61-47 defeat of Happy Valley. The Hawks were successful on all three rinks to go into the Grand Final. Hawthorn was without doubt the pre-eminent club in the division.
Wendy Clarke and her four prevailed 27-20 against Avis Steer in the game’s best result.
Anne Onto and her rink came away with a 19-14 triumph over Deb Fry.
Christine Keller and her four won a tight one 15-13 to complete the white-wash.
“It was a good day for us with all players performing well. Not many of the girls have played finals so there were obviously some nerves around but we got through that and we are looking forward to the Grand Final” Wendy Clarke said.
Happy Valley returns to action next Thursday and will host Payneham.
Payneham v Ascot Park:
Payneham went into its home Final against Ascot Park needing a win to progress and came away with a 78-46 – 10point win. The Panthers will be at Happy Valley next Thursday as it continues to search for a Grand Final spot. The Lions bow out after a solid season.
For Payneham Laini McGorman and her four prevailed 30-13 against Chris Thulborn in the game’s most telling result.
Marie Roberts and her rink triumphed 32-12 over Sue Coultas in another good result.
For the Lions took two points after a 21-16 success for Sue Vasey and her four against Sue Maddern.
Brighton v Port Noarlunga:
Brighton went directly through to the Grand Final after a 50-42 home success against Port Noarlunga. The club was successful on two rinks of three played and the team members can now take a week off and prepare.
In a key game Carli Mitchell skipped her rink to a 17-14 triumph over Karlee Moffatt.
Patria McGrath and her four played well in a 22-14 defeat of Barbara Nesbitt.
For the Gulls Doreen Taylor and her rink got up 14-11 against Teresa Lyons.
Morphett Vale v West Lakes:
Despite winning on only one rink of three played, Morphett Vale came away with a 59-53 triumph over West Lakes.
The positive result came courtesy of a 31-9 win for Lea Modra and her four against Maria Paz in a match winning performance.
“We are pleased with result. We went out to work hard all day and we did that. During the regular season we struggled to win on all three rinks and in the end that cost us a double chance but we can’t worry about that. We heed to continue working together next week so that we can go into the Grand Final” Lea Modra said.
The Emus will be at Port Noarlunga next Thursday as the club continues its fight for a Grand Final spot.
For the Lakers, Doris Thomas and her rink prevailed 28-13 against Paulina Lawrie but was unable to affect the overall result.
Robyn Palmer and her four triumphed 16-15 over Ricki Hooper.
The Lakers had a good year but now bow out of the competition.
Division 2 North
Grange had a big win over Playford 85-33 to move straight into the Grand Final.
Next week Playford will host Modbury who had a close win over Salisbury 53-51.
Division 2 South
Blackwood defeated Ascot Park 64-45 to move into the Grand Final on 25th March.
Brighton caused an upset by coming from 4th place to defeat Happy Valley 59-51 and move into a preliminary Final next week against Ascot Park. The winner going into the Grand Final against Blackwood.